Wider planks are faster to install because there are fewer of them. Whether broad or narrow planks, however, this type of hardwood flooring installation still requires the same technical knowledge, skill, and attention to detail.

Wide planks are currently trending


Anything over five inches wide is considered a wide plank. They make a room look large and airy by creating fewer visual breaks.
They’re also great for rooms with high ceilings where the floor can sometimes get lost.

Wide planks better show off the raised grains, swirls, and quirky knots. This makes them ideal for rustic and farmhouse decor.

Since they were used primarily in mid-1800s homes, they can also have an antique, historical look. With the right furnishings, however, these planks work with any wood floor installation, including contemporary ones.

Not to say narrow is out


Narrow planks are terrific for small rooms that can't accommodate wide planks. Some even say they have a more contemporary look.

They work with any decor, like wide planks, given the right furnishings. Consider random-width layouts if your heart is set on wide planks to make the room seem more significant.

Why the traditional tongue and groove installation?


Tongue and groove layouts are the only technique used for solid hardwood flooring. They are meant to enhance the beauty of wood floors.

It creates tight seams with few nails and no rough edges. You can learn more at our hardwood flooring store in Wilsonville, OR, or Portland, OR.

The tongue and groove also increase safety. After all, you want to avoid stepping on a nail barefoot or tripping over an overhang.

Ask us if you have any hardwood flooring installation questions


We do it differently at the family-owned Marion's Carpet & Flooring Warehouses. Instead of a sales team coming to measure, our installers do it. This way, they can hear your goals and challenges for your hardwood flooring installation.

Visit us at either of our locations, Wilsonville and Portland, OR, where you'll see product names like Karastan-BelleLuxe, Johnson, Abode, and more. We service Wilsonville, Beaverton, Portland, Vancouver, and Lake Oswego.